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Area food banks brace for overflow of people following SNAP Benefit changes

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Some area food banks are bracing for a surge in demand now that federal food stamps known as SNAP benefits have been cut for thousands of Mississippians who failed to meet government requirements.

April 1, the SNAP program started officially began enforcing its 20 hours a week work or volunteer requirement for single able-bodied people 18 to 49. With around 67, 0000 people in the state now kicked out the program.  Food Banks said they will do what they can, where they can, but more help is need.

“We do expect an increase in the need in our food pantry," said Executive Director Karen Robison. "You know a lot of them don't have the education or the tools that they need to get employed.” s

Robison is the director of MADCAPP that serves the hungry and poor in Madison County several ways including through a food pantry.

“Every Monday morning, we give out 100 boxes of food,” said Robison.

Folks who relied on SNAP Benefits to eat are now turning to the organization for help because they are worried where their next meal is coming from.  Robinson admits, one major concern is keeping food on the shelves as they brace for the impact.

“As a food pantry and a nonprofit we are continually chasing that next donation, they next jar of peanut butter, so I can only imagine once we get the full effect of this cut,” added Robison.

The Mississippi Food Network in Jackson, that provides food to 150,000 people a month, could also see a big increase of needy people soon.

“We are working with our agencies to make them be aware that they may see an increase of people coming, but this is what we do 12 months, we collect and warehouse and distribute food to help,” said External Affairs Director Marilyn Blackledge.

While the Mississippi Food Network said it’s ready to handle any possible uptick in service, knowing that more donors are willing to dig deep in their pockets and give to take the load off of area food banks would be a help.

“It is our mission to make people aware that it could be anybody, you could lose your job and within two months maybe you have spent your savings and then you are faced with the same thing,” added Blackledge.

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